About Dionne

My name is Dionne.  I have been a registered nurse for 21 years.  My love and passion is the prevention of disease as opposed to curing disease.  Who better to pass this love and passion onto than our children!

It was the summer of 2014, I was visiting my father who lives in New Orleans.  He was in the hospital with an infection throughout his whole body.  While my father was in the hospital he had a stroke.  It was determined that when he came home he would need 24 hour care.  Since I am the nurse in the family, I signed up to quit my nursing job and become a nurse to my father who needed me.  One night while we were there, my 8yo daughter asked me "Mom, did Poppy have a stroke because of what he ate?"  I knew I had a to give her an answer she could understand.  So, I decided to explain in a kid friendly way how healthy eating does affect your health.  It was like a light bulb went off in her head, her eyes brightened and she smiled with confidence.  The next day my daughter and I did a grocery trip together.  It was evident by the healthy choices she made that my fun lesson on health and nutrition was changing the way she thought about her food choices. 

The early years are when it is so important to give your child a good foundation for establishing a proper diet.  I am a big proponent of using hands on teaching methods with children.  I began to realize that if I could effectively educate one child in such a fun manner, I could certainly do the same for many more kids.  How rewarding that would be!  It was that night that I began the creation of Smart Lil' Beans and the rest is history. 

Do you sometimes feel like you are in a rut with your kids, trying to get them to eat healthy?  We all do from time to time.  Everyone agrees that fitness is good.  It boosts your health, brightens your soul, calms your mind and allows you to do more with your life.

Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight  The prevalence of obesity in children has more than tripled in the past several years.  With good reason, childhood obesity is the number one health concern among parents in the United States topping drug abuse and smoking.  -American Heart Association

"If kids learn about the importance of eating healthy early in their lives, they will not have to relearn it as an adult."  Nicole Henderson

"We need to give kids the experience of what healthy food is-Our kids need to plant it, grow it and prepare it.  It needs to be made affordable."  Barnaby Spring